"where painless eternity begins"

“The One who gives you the most pain, is none other than (your) Buddha… as he is the one who helps you evolve.” - Happiness in Austerity - Buddha

Moksha or Nirvana, freedom or salvation from the cycle of birth and death is the ultimate goal of Hindu religious life. The cycle of birth or death, in the material world, or sansara, is defined by the law of karma and Mokhsha is attainted when the individual is liberated from this cycle to attain eventual union with Brahman.

Apart from austerity and renunciation as the path to painless eternity, Hinduism emphasizes on the importance of fulfilling the duties during one’s lifetime. One who dies after fulfilling all his obligations, rests in peace because he has no remaining karma. If a person is able to realize the reason of his birth and is able to fulfill the purpose of his life, then he can free himself from the cycle of birth and death for eternity.

Watch a rendition of Buddha's moksha in an Indian classical dance form, Odissi:

This dance represents a spiritual culmination for the dancer soaring into the realm of aesthetic delight. The Buddhist verse in Pali says: May I always indulge in good Karma and keep good company, so that I may attain nibbana or the freedom from the cycle of birth and death and be one with the Divine."

The dance ends with the artist's representation of the Buddha's three meditative gestures: the varada mudra, the dhyana mudra and the bhumisparsha (earth-touching) mudra.